The MTSU Department of Art presents the opening exhibit of the Todd Art Gallery’s fall 2012 semester. Entitled “Painting Painters Paint,” the exhibition features the collected works of fifteen innovative and currently producing artists. Envisioned by Art Professor Sisavanh Houghton, she and fellow professors Melissa Newman, Bob Durham, and Charles Clary invited colleagues from across the mid-south to participate. The result serves as an outstanding collection of style, interpretation, and process. While including not only the traditional two-dimensional work of fine art painters, several may equally be considered sculptural in presentation. Those participating are well-known regionally with many also having achieved national recognition. The group includes: Mark Bradley-Shoup, Ron Buffington, Tom Burtonwood, Gianna Commito, Jeff Danley, Joshua Dildine, Hamlett Dobbins, Greg Eltringham, Jason Hoelscher, Joshua Huyser, Mead McLean, Laura Mosquera, John Nelson, Yvonne Petkus, and Craig Drennen. The exhibit is scheduled August 27-September 20, 2012 with an artists’ reception Wednesday, August 29 | 6-8 p.m.
Subsequent gallery exhibits include the annual Graphic Design Juried Student Exhibit sponsored by the MTSU chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design and is scheduled September 25-October 11 with a reception Monday, September 24 | 6-8 p.m. Forms of Expression: A Survey of Contemporary Clay follows and will present a unique combination of cultural history with the pioneering artistry of six ceramic artists. They include Dana Chapman-Tupa, William DePauw, Lisa Elrich, John Oles, Quintin Owens, and Adam Paulek. Curated by Art Professor John Donovan, the exhibit opens October 17 and concludes November 1 with a reception Monday, October 22 | 6-8 p.m. An accompanying lecture by Longwood University professor and ceramicist Adam Paulek will be held Friday, October 19 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The semester concludes with the 4th annual Seasonal Scholarship Sale and three graduating senior exhibits in studio art. The Scholarship Sale supports the Department of Art’s ten scholarships for art majors studying graphic design, art education, art history, and studio art. Planned for November 19-21 the sale features work donated by MTSU art faculty, staff, students, alums, and community artists. The three student exhibits, commonly referred to as BFA exhibits for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree received upon graduation feature work in painting, sculpture, clay, printmaking, and letterpress. The first takes place November 6-8, 2012 and is followed by the second and third BFA exhibits November 13-15 and November 27-29. All feature a reception from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on the Monday evening preceding each exhibit’s Tuesday opening.
Exhibitions, receptions, and lectures are free and open to the public. Todd Art Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. The gallery is closed on state and university holidays. For additional exhibit or parking information and directions: Eric Snyder, 615-898-5653.